Historic neighborhoods, cobblestone streets, a glistening harbor, and a serious foodie scene are just a few of the many reasons brides-to-be are opting to head to Charleston, South Carolina, for their bachelorette party weekend. Founded in 1670, Charleston combines old-world vibes and historical significance with art, culture, attractions, and of course lots of opportunities for fun, all of which makes it an ideal hotspot for a girls getaway weekend before you say "I do."
Where to Stay:
To experience true Charleston living, consider opting for an AirBnB rental in the neighborhood of your choice. Renting from trusted and confirmed hosts for your bachelorette party weekend will be sure to give you that down home feel, and it's often cheaper than a hotel, too.
For those looking for luxurious accommodations, check out the Belmond Charleston Place — a luxury hotel with a rooftop pool, suites, fitness center, and prime location. It's (walking distance) from some of Charleston's most famous attractions AND has an incredible full-service European spa for some pampering before partying.
What to Do:
Before you're exhausted from partying and celebrating, partake in a historical walking tour to really get a deeper understanding of the rich history that surrounds you. Options range from mansion and landmark tours by bus or horse and carriage to haunted history tour offerings. For some seaside fun, book a harbor history cruise or sunset cruise through Charleston's harbor. Foodies will go gaga for Charleston food tours that take you through the best restaurants featuring favorite local cuisines.
Where to Eat:
Brunch is a must in Charleston and Poogan's Porch has everything you could have dreamed of in regards to Southern brunching. This picturesque restored Victorian house is hidden away from the hustle and bustle, making it an even better place to start your day. Chicken and waffles (sweet potato waffles, actually), shrimp and grits, and veggie frittatas are sure to satisfy your appetites, while a plethora of wines from their wine cellar will keep you wined and dined.
With endless options available for dinner spots, we highly recommend one of Charleston's best — Harold's Cabin. For ambiance unlike anything you've ever experienced, head to this corner restaurant for a simple dinner menu with anything but simple taste. Hush puppies, bison burgers and braised pork shoulder are just a few of the savory, Southern dishes you can enjoy before heading out for a night of dancing and drinks.
Where to Party:
To sample local brews, Craft Conundrum has more than 150 kegs on tap, live musical offerings, and food trucks that visit often for the perfect pairing of fresh brews and tasty treats. With comfy cozy vibes and endless options of beers, this is a perfect mid-day stop on your Charleston getaway weekend. Craft cocktail lovers will love The Gin Joint, which uses local spirits and liquors to create one-of-a-kind cocktails amongst modern vibes that will have everyone ditching their vodka sodas for something more delectable and unique. Looking for dancing, music, and cheeky fun, in true bachelorette fashion? Charleston's Cure Nightclub performs fun drag shows with rotating DJ sets for a fun mashup of dancing and entertainment. For views that wow and a more casual atmosphere, the Vendue Hotel Rooftop Bar offers some of the best downtown views in the city, and has live music nightly.